Cal-Florida State Game Notes

Nov. 29, 2008

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Global Sports Classic
California Golden Bears (5-0) vs. Florida State Seminoles (6-0)

Saturday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM)TV: none

  • California is off to a 5-0 start for the second time since the 1994-95 season. The Bears began 6-0 last year before their first loss.
  • Mike Montgomery is the first Cal coach to begin his Golden Bear tenure with five straight wins since Rene Herrerias was also 5-0 in 1960-61 as the successor to Pete Newell.
  • Cal outrebounded UNLV, 50-34, Friday to grab at least 50 boards for the first time since snaring 51 vs. Oregon State in the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament.
  • Cal sank 7-of-10 three-points vs. UNLV to raise its NCAA-leading rate to 60.7 percent (37-61). Junior G Jerome Randle, who has made 8 of his last 10 attempts and is connecting on 72.7 percent this year (16-22), ranks No. 1 in the country in individual long-range shooting.
  • After limiting UNLV to just 29.7 percent from the floor, Cal has held its last two opponents to a combined 31.4 percent after allowing teams to shoot 46.2 percent the first three games of the year.
  • Cal's 18-point margin of victory over UNLV was its largest on a non-conference opponent's home court since a 112-73 victory at Texas Southern on Nov. 29, 1995.
  • Cal has won each of its first five games by at least 10 points for the first time since the 1926-27 Bears claimed their first six by double digits.
  • Max Zhang, Cal's 7-3 redshirt-freshman center, has eight blocks in his last three games, including 3 vs. UNLV Friday.
  • Jerome Randle had a season-high eight assists vs. UNLV, one off his career best of nine set vs. USC last January. He has also had seven-assist games vs. USF and Texas-Pan American this season.
  • Despite losing its top two rebounders from last year - Ryan Anderson and DeVon Hardin, who combined to grab 17.3 rpg in 2007-08 - Cal is winning the battle of the boards by a 35.6.0 to 27.0 margin. Junior C Jordan Wilkes and junior F Jamal Boykin are tied for the individual lead with 5.0 rpg, with six others pulling down at least three per contest.
  • Cal is holding opponents to 58.0 ppg after giving up a Pac-10-high 75.1 ppg last year.
  • Two freshmen - Jorge Gutierrez and Omondi Amoke - both set career highs vs. UNLV. Gutierrez came off the bench to contribute 10 points, while Amoke tied for team honors with eight rebounds in eight minutes of action.

Probable StartersPOS  NO   NAME                  HT    WT    YR   PPG    RPGF    10   Jamal Boykin          6-8   230   Jr   11.4   5.0Matched his career high with 18 points vs. Texas-Pan AmericanF    24   Theo Robertson        6-6   225   Jr   12.4   3.0Scored career-high 23 points vs. USF, including 5-for-7 on 3-pointersC    33   Jordan Wilkes         7-0   225   Jr   5.0    5.0Led Bears with six rebounds versus Pacific in first career startG     3   Jerome Randle         5-10  160   Jr   19.4   5.2 apg1st in NCAA in 3-point shooting (72.7%); 25 points vs. USFG    23   Patrick Christopher   6-5   215   Jr   12.4   3.4Reached double figures in scoring in all 5 games this year
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